Top 10 Most Expensive Buildings in the World

By Louise Garay

Everywhere you look, towering buildings are all around you. Over time, these structures have become iconic not only for their height but also for their rich representation of history and of the country itself. Because of these, many people around the world travel just to see these establishments.

There’s no denying that a lot of work went into these buildings. After all, these were designed for public consumption and enjoyment, so public interest was definitely considered. With their unmatched architecture, impeccable façade, and even more majestic interiors, one cannot help but wonder how much these infrastructures cost.

Interested in seeing these places with your own eyes? Find out how much construction cost for these famous landmarks. You might just be surprised to find the price tag that comes with your favorite location.

10 Burj Khalifa - Dubai

 

Price: $1.5 billion

Standing tall with a height of 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa is often touted as the world’s tallest building. It was able to surpass of the previously tallest structure in the world, Taipei 101, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Apart from holding the tallest building title, the structure also boasts of having the tallest elevator in the building, as well as the most number of floors in a building. Its observation deck offers unparalleled views of the city, which include the stunning landscape of Dubai and the nearby Dubai Mall.

9. Petronas Towers - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Price: $1.6 billion

Apart from its height and the numerous construction materials required to build, the price of this iconic building may be attributed to construction failures along the way. Due to a bad batch on concrete found in the establishment, the demolishment of a whole floor led to a halt in operations. This resulted in a whopping $700,000 loss per day. 

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Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, the structure once held the record for the world’s tallest building from 1998 to 2004. Watch the towers light-up come night-time and see this magnificent view even from far away.

8. The Palazzo - Las Vegas, USA

 

Price: $1.9 billion

With more than 3,000 rooms inside, there is no denying that The Palazzo exudes glitz and glamor all in one place. At more than 6.9 million square feet, this legendary destination prides itself on offering the best services and amenities that money can buy.

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Complete with an expansive casino, a vibrant nightlife, spa services, a number of outdoor pools, and many more features, there’s no denying this place cost a pretty penny. Go inside and experience opulence wherever you look.

7. Taipei 101 - Taipei, Taiwan

 

Price: $2.3 billion

Its height paved the way for construction prices to blow up as well. Alongside its towering structure, Taipei 101 also managed to snag an award for the greatest height to which concrete has been pumped. 

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With 101 floors inside, Taipei 101 offers unhindered views from miles on end from its two observation decks. Upon its erection, the building was considered as the first structure to go beyond the half-kilometer tall measurement. Inside, a bustling space filled with various food establishments, high-end stores, and even offices.

6. Venetian Macau - Macau, China

 

Price: $2.4 billion

Considered a luxury hotel and casino resort in one, Venetian Macau exudes old-world grandeur and lavishness all throughout its many wings. In homage to the famed Italian city, this place is no doubt modeled after its sister company in Las Vegas. 

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Sparing no expense, the biggest casino in the world takes pride in paying attention to the smallest details. From the cotton candy-painted skies to the astounding replica of St. Mark’s Square, this place certainly has its charms anchored on the wonderful interiors and architecture.

5. Wynn Resort - Las Vegas, USA

 

Price: $2.7 billion

Built solely from the private funding of investors, Wynn Resort in Las Vegas is best known for its cool, sleek exterior that exudes modernity at every angle. To construct this, the company hired Marnell Corrao Associates.

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Visitors of this place can explore the various attractions and clubs and the famous Lake of Dreams. Watch out for other shows in the popular Wynn Theatre as well, where the likes of Queen Bey have performed in the past.

4. One World Trade Center - New York, USA

 

Price: $3.8 billion

Not to be mistaken with the World Trade Center, One World Trade Center was constructed at the very same place where the tragic events of 9/11 happened. At Ground Zero in New York, this building has secured for itself the title of the most expensive new office tower in the world. 

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What made the construction price so costly is that the infrastructure enhanced its security measures on-site says The Wall Street Journal. In the wake of the terrorist attacks, the building employed reinforced, windowless buildings that have a thick concrete core. Around its elevator shafts, steel reinforcements were also added.

3. Emirates-Palace - Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Price: $3.9 billion

Considered the most luxurious hotel in the world, Emirates Palace employed the help of world-class pieces of machinery and construction materials to ensure the best quality with every step. Tons of cement and other similar materials went into this iconic creation to ensure durability throughout the years.

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Although the management focused on building a solid foundation for Emirates Palace, it did not fail to put an equally colorful façade. Here, the place boasts of Arabic elements and colors that perfectly reflects the region’s tradition and culture.

2. Marina Bay Sands - Singapore

 

Price: $5.5 billion

The establishment boasts of 55 floors on its property and three towers supporting the ever-iconic bullet-shaped infinity pool. Not to mention, it houses the world’s largest public cantilever observation deck.

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Its unconventional design attracted world-class investors and even film producers, with the likes of Crazy Rich Asians and Independence Day: Resurgence taking center stage. Within the next few years, a fourth tower will be added, with the same architect taking the helm.

1. Abraj Al Bait - Mecca, Saudi Arabia

 

Price: $15 billion

Taking the number one spot is Abraj Al Bait. Although not a building per se, since it is a series of buildings, the total cost of construction for this beauty is priced at $15 billion. Located in Saudi Arabia, the complexes were built as part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project. 

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These establishments house the largest clock face in the world, which holds an observatory deck as well. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs helped fund the construction. 

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